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Acta Médica Peruana

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PALOMINO, Lourdes; RAMIREZ, Rubén; VEJARANO, Julio  and  TICSE, Ray. Hip fracture in elderly: the epidemic ignored in Peru. Acta méd. peruana [online]. 2016, vol.33, n.1, pp.15-20. ISSN 1728-5917.

Objectives: Know the waiting time for the establishment of surgical treatment in patients of a third level attention hospital in Lima-Peru for the later description of medical and/or administrative factors that are linked to a prolonged preoperative time and description of the most common complications during that time. Materials and Methods: Descriptive-retrospective study during first semester of 2013. Preoperative times, medical complications, medical assurance, pathological background, surgery characteristics in patients hospitalized for hip fracture were assessed. Results: 71% of the patients were women. The median of age was of 66 years old. 70% of the patients received surgical treatment with a preoperative time of 18 days. 76.9% had a pathological background at the admission, mostly anemia, arterial hypertension and type 2 diabetes mellitus. 62% had medical complications. Post-surgery patients had a smaller percentage of complications (47%) than the non-surgery patients (94%), as well as a smaller hospitalization rate. The median of hospitalization on surgery patients was of 26 days and on non-surgery patients was of 41 days. Conclusions: The preoperative time was higher than 2 weeks in most of cases, especially on elderly patients and SIS users.

Keywords : Hip fractures; Preoperative period; Aged.

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